With its 1.5L direct injected high-efficiency engine, Volt is the electric car with a backup plan. It runs on an electric charge and generates additional energy through a gas-powered generator when the battery runs out — giving you the confidence to go as far as you want.
The science of Volt
Engineers Pam Fletcher and Andrew Farah explain the thinking behind the advanced technologies that go into giving Volt up to 53 miles of pure electric range.
Volt is powered by two electric motors that work in unison to optimize efficiency and conserve electric charge while providing responsive power and torque.
With a fully charged lithium-ion battery, Volt is capable of driving up to 53 miles1 without using gas. The second-generation Volt battery is both lighter and holds more energy than the first-generation one.
When the battery runs low on electric charge, Volt seamlessly engages its gas-powered generator to keep you going for a total range of up to 420 miles1 on a full charge and full tank of gas.
Volt looks for ways to smartly use energy while you're on the road. Through regenerative braking and Regen on Demand™, Volt captures its own momentum to recharge the battery as it slows down.